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Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet at Ljubljana Festival
At the opening of the chamber music cycle of the 65th Ljubljana Festival, the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet gave a concert on July 27, at Križevniška Church, Križanke, which was filled to the last seat.
Featuring the Spanish flautist Claudi Arimany, the musicians opened the concert by playing two Quintets for flute and string quartet by Luigi Boccherini, rounding up the first part of the concert with the same composer’s Rondo for flute and string quartet. The Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet presented Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 95 “Serioso“ in the second part of their concert.
According to the review written by the music critic Marijan Zlobec, the Quartet has proved to possess “the highest qualities in all respects, expressing perfection and ease in their interpretation of Boccherini, and matureness, softness, with rounded-up phrases and dynamic flexibility in their performance of Beethoven“.
Festival Ljubljana is well-known for gathering top stars in the field of classical music. In that spirit, performances will include artists such as Gian Maria Bonino, Martha Argerich, Elīna Garanč, and Valery Gergiev, who closes this year’s festival.
The musicians of the Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra: Jelena Dragnić, Vladan Lončar, Boris Brezovac and Aleksandar Latković founded their String Quartet as members of this orchestra, in 2011. godine. With their performance at the prestigious Festival Ljubljana, the Quartet closed their 2016/17 season, during which they have given concerts at the Salzburg Herbert Hall, Days of Mokranjac at Negotin, Sarajevo Evenings of Music, and in Vojvodina as part of the tour Philharmonic Plays North.